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Family support and safeguarding service

The aim of this service is to ensure children are safeguarded and that, whenever possible, children remain with their families and support is offered to reduce the risk of family breakdown.

The family support and safeguarding service is made up of social workers and family therapists who offer a service to children and families with complex needs. Family support may be provided directly by the team or by other agencies and voluntary organisations.

Southwark is committed to providing support for families in a constructive and caring way. The family support and safeguarding service has developed a range of services in partnership with other voluntary and statutory sections of the community. These include:

  • parenting skills workshops or support within homes
  • counselling for domestic violence
  • help with children's behaviour
  • mediation around family issues
  • household budgeting
  • helping carers to improve their children's development and address their educational needs

Most people will already have had contact with the referral and assessment service. If their assessment of your needs considers that you need more help than is available from suitable agencies, then the referral and assessment service will involve the family support and safeguarding service.

If your child is the subject of a child protection plan, then you will automatically receive a service from us after the initial child protection conference.

Page last updated: 17 May 2021

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